Pastimes include weekly events such as a book club coffee morning and a Wednesday social evening, with wine provided, all taking place within the village hall. A monthly villagers’ lunch is arranged in Le Marquis restaurant and there are various concerts and barbeques taking place throughout the summer months. A weekly mini bus service takes residents to local shops and supermarkets in the nearby towns of Loulé and Almancil, for which a nominal charge applies.
The village has its own, purpose built Anglican Church of St. Luke, holding regular services, concerts and fundraising events - further information including a list of forthcoming services can be accessed on the St. Vincent's Chaplaincy website via this link. The delightful Le Marquis restaurant, which is open to the public, sits within the grounds and for those wishing to take some exercise, our village pool and clubhouse provide the ideal location to soak up the sun or simply to enjoy a cool drink or evening barbeque.
The gardens provide relaxing walks, punctuated by numerous, shaded resting areas, be your preference for elevated views of the surrounding hillside or the tranquility of our ornamental lake and pagoda.
Other facilities include a hairdressing salon, physiotherapy unit and doctor’s surgery, 2 pools (one with wheelchair access), tennis court, putting green & petanque pitch.
For further insight into what's happening in and around Monte da Palhagueira, please read our village newsletter, "The Full Monty".
Some Thoughts on Monte da Palhagueira Village – by Alan Dobson, Resident
"My first impression of Monte da Palhagueira Village was that it was Portmeirion in a much warmer climate, a beautiful village nestling on the south west slopes of gently rising hills, in the sunny Algarve.
Casa Rosella, our home, has stunning views over the countryside with glimpses of the sea in the distance. The interior is equally attractive with a rather nice flavour of Portugal.
At a practical level, our two bedrooms are both en-suite, and all essential facilities are provided. The bedrooms and reception areas are air-conditioned, all windows and doors to the outside have fly screens, and the generous balcony has a large awning to shelter from the hot mid-day sun. So comfort is well provided for.
The installed electrical equipment is maintained (air-conditioning, fridge-freezer, cooker, washing machine), as is the external building within the agreement, which is a source of comfort. The maid who comes in for two hours twice a week is the icing on the cake.
For someone who does not enjoy the best of health, the fact that there is a nursing home in the village is the best news yet. In our first eighteen months of residence we have twice had to call for help out of hours, in addition to seeking advice on a number of occasions. Such peace of mind – especially when, on one occasion, the doctor came out at 9.30pm, before he went on holiday early next morning!
The staff provide discreet, very friendly support – when we are unloading the car with the shopping, the gardeners seem to emerge from nowhere and insist on carrying the bags indoors. This epitomises the atmosphere here at the Village, friendly and unobtrusive assistance from all the staff.
In short Monte da Palhagueira is a very attractive retirement Village, in a pleasant warm climate with lots of sunshine. The staff are supportive, the facilities excellent, and there is a comforting feeling of security. It is my Shangri-La."